The House on Thursday easily passed a piece of legislation that would end normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus.
The Suspending Normal Trade Relations with Russia and Belarus Act would strip Russia and Belarus of their “most favored nation” trade status, which paves the way for tariffs and other restrictions.
The bill overwhelmingly passed in a vote of 424-8, with only Republicans voting against the legislation. The eight Republicans who voted no are Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), Matt Gaetz (FL), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Thomas Massie (KY), Andy Biggs (AZ), Dan Bishop (NC), Glenn Grothman (WI), and Chip Roy (R-TX).
The legislation came less than a week after President Biden announced that he wanted to strip Russia of its current trade status. He also announced a plan to ban the import of Russian goods, including seafood, vodka, and diamonds. The bill now moves to the Senate, where there is a matching bill that Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said would be voted on soon.
The bill is part of the wider economic campaign against Russia the US has embarked on since the attack on Ukraine started. The pressure has done nothing to stop the fighting, but it is adding to the economic woes of ordinary Americans and Russians.
13 thoughts on “House Passes Bill to Suspend Normal Trade Relations With Russia and Belarus”
If this were not so serious it would be laughable. Desperation of the USA has now extended to Biden threatening China (sanctions????) if it dares try to stop the effects of its ILLEGAL cruel sanctions on Russia. This before he has a meeting with Xi Jinping!!
I very much agree and it makes me a bit nervous to see the same acts of desperation being pressed forward and in so many different directions…
Our Foreign Policy needs a bit more cohesion and a lot less erraticism…
Our foreign policy needs a Maj. General Smedley Butler. None to be found in the current batch of active generals or the talking head retired generals. Every time I see Petreaus’ head on the boob tube I want to vomit.
Some people go to prison for giving away “state secrets”. While others can give away state secrets to their biographer they are banging and only get a slap on the wrist. But I believe it was Hillary that said poor David had suffered enough. I won’t even go into his military blundering.
Well, if it were ONLY his head…
Less erraticism, and maybe more eroticism. Make love, not war!
Are you trolling for a Russian wife, Thomas? 😉
Hmm. Hadn’t thought about trading my wife of 22 years in on a newer model. Someone would have to take over the payments …
I can live without many creature comforts but Russian Vodka??? That is asking too much…
I am so looking forward to paying $10 for a loaf of bread come June. Nearly a third of the worlds wheat for everything from bread to noodles comes from Russia. There are other necessary resources that come from Russia, not the least the 20,000,000 barrels of oil that comes from Russia to the U.S.
Russia invades Ukraine and Russia gets sanctioned to the teeth. The US invades Iraq and Iraq gets sanctioned to the teeth. Raimondo’s “Bizzaro world” comes to mind.
Bye-Done is contributing to the suffering of not only foreigners, but Amerikkkans as well. I honestly don’t know how low-income folks with families can afford to feed them, even at this early stage of runaway inflation.
Bye-Done is trying to make a “point” by wrecking the economy, but the only point I recognize is the one on his head.
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